The Detroit Tigers can learn a lot from the Baltimore Orioles’ rebuild.
Coming into the 2022 season, the big-time news from Chris Ilitch surrounding the Detroit Tigers organization was that he proclaimed the rebuild to be over. With a couple of big signings this past offseason in Javier Báez and Eduardo Rodríguez, the feeling was the rebuild was ending.
Ilitch took it upon himself to say that it had ended; in a piece from the spring, he referred to the Detroit Tigers rebuild being 100% over. Oh, was he wrong. It’s now the middle of September, and the Tigers’ record is 54-87, sitting in last place in the American League (AL) Central.
On top of that, they have seen a goose egg in the runs score column on 21 different occasions this year, setting another unflattering record. The bottom line is that the rebuild is far from over. Ilitch’s proclamation is off-base.
Whether it was the ineptitude of Al Avila, who was fired, or injuries to the pitching staff that deteriorated the team in the snap of the fingers, 2022 has been bad for the Tigers. The rebuild will continue, and the Tigers still need to emerge on the other side.
Another team that began its rebuild around the time the Tigers did was the Baltimore Orioles. They have started to poke through the glass and look like they will be a force in a very tough AL East division.
The Orioles front office, coaching staff, and players from the top to the bottom of that organization have things moving in the right direction. The way the baseball scene talks about the Orioles is that they are getting better and becoming a team to be scared of.
Since they have done so well with their rebuild, let’s take a look at some of the things they have done well.